Negating the police theory that legislator Simarjit Singh Bains had himself torn his clothes and removed his turban during the protest on Monday, the defence counsel in the case on Wednesday showed footage of the protest to the judge following which Bains was released on bail from the Mansa jail.
Bains, along with his seven supporters, was arrested by the city police on Monday, when they were protesting against ‘suspension of services’ of a Punjabi news channel by a cable network operator. All accused were sent to judicial remand on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, defending their case, advocate Jagmohan Waraich in the court of chief judicial magistrate stated that the arrested persons were holding a peaceful protest demonstration at the parking of Grand Walk Mall on Ferozepur Road without any disruption to the traffic on national highway.
“Police went on to say that Bains had himself removed his turban and torn off his clothes, but proofs in form of videos and pictures were shown to the judge that made it clear that police had beaten up the protesters, tearing their clothes apart,” Waraich said.
He stated that police had also alleged that women police personnel were misbehaved with by the protesters. To this, it was stated in the court that police pushed the protesters from the mall premises during which some of them collided with the women police personnel unintentionally.
Meanwhile, police have shifted Bains to Mansa central jail, while other protesters have been shifted to Sangrur jail. Though bail warrant was issued on Wednesday evening, his supporters were not released till filing of the report. While Simarjit Bains and his 18-year-old son Ajaypreet Singh, who were shifted to Mansa jail on Tuesday, were released here on Wednesday evening.
Police had arrested Bains, his son Ajaybir Singh, and supporters Baldev Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Gurnam Singh alias Kaku, Arjun Singh Cheema, Kultej Singh and Ranjit Singh.
They were booked under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 334 (voluntarily causing hurt on provocation), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Meanwhile, Simarjit’s brother Balwinder Bains and his supporters protested against the suspension of a Punjabi news channel, at Jalandhar bypass. “State government led by SAD government was gagging voice of people that is represented by the elected representatives of people,” said Balwinder.
Taking on the alleged monopoly of the Badals over the cable network, Bains after being released said that his supporters would start cutting off the cable wires of Fastway network in Ludhiana.
“Fastway has evaded tax around `12,377 crore in the last 9.5 years of the Akali rule. I have all the valid documents to back my claim wherein the company has been sent notices from departments of income tax, service tax and local bodies,” he alleged.